Gifted Identification Model

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Our Identification Model

Lakota’s gifted identification model follows the standards mandated by the State of Ohio in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3301-51-15. The Board of Education of each district shall identify gifted children in grades kindergarten through twelfth as follows:

  1. A child shall be identified as exhibiting “Superior Cognitive Ability” if the child did either of the following within the preceding twenty-four months:

    • Scored two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by a licensed psychologist; or

    • Accomplished any one of the following:
      • Scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved standardized group intelligence test.
      • Performed at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on an approved individual or group standardized basic or composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test, or
      • Attained an approved score on one or more above grade-level standardized, nationally normed approved tests.

  2. A child shall be identified as exhibiting “specific academic ability” superior to that of children of similar age in a specific academic ability field if within the preceding 24 months the child performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field. A child may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.

  3. A child shall be identified as exhibiting “creative thinking ability” superior to children of a similar age, if within the previous 24 months, the child scored one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test and also did either of the following:

    • Attained a sufficient score, as established by the department of education, on an approved individual or group test of creative ability; or

    • Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist by a trained individual of creative behaviors.

  4. A child shall be identified as exhibiting “visual or performing arts ability” superior to that of children of similar age if the child has done both of the following:
  • Demonstrated to a trained individual through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area; and

  • Exhibited to a trained individual sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

While Ohio law is very specific about how students are identified, there is no requirement to provide service for our identified gifted students at this time.